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Re: Bug#155721: psi: psi is gpl links to libqssl1 whose license should be modified lgpl therefore not allowed...

On Wed, Aug 07, 2002 at 10:46:05AM +0200, Jan Niehusmann wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 06, 2002 at 11:32:35PM -0500, Chris Cheney wrote:
> > psi uses a library, libqssl1 which is lgpl. However, since it links

> Psi does work perfectly well without libqssl1 installed. So I wouldn't
> say it's linked with libqssl1. 

> Look at it this way: Psi, without qssl, surely is not a problem. Yes, it
> contains some provision to add a feature that can not be used, but well,
> there are loads of unimplemented features in several GPL programs. 

> Then, we would violate GPL if we distributed a 'derivative work' of psi
> and a non-GPL program. But without modifying psi, how could we create a
> derivative work, just by adding a second package which could possibly
> combined with psi by the user?

If psi Depends: on libqssl1, then you have quite clearly stated your
intention to create a derivative work.

If psi does not Depend: on libqssl1, it is mere aggregation, and not
restricted by the GPL.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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